Vitamin D and Maternal and Child Health: Overview and Implications for Dietary Requirements

Vitamin D and Maternal and Child Health: Overview and Implications for Dietary Requirements

The efforts of the members of the Public Affairs Committee and the co-authors, Janet Y. Uriu-Adams, Sarah G. Obican and Carl L. Keen, are greatly appreciated in preparing the review manuscript published in Birth Defects Research Part C.

The abstract of the manuscript is below.  

The essentiality of vitamin D for normal growth and development has been recognized for over 80 years, and vitamin D fortification programs have been in place in the United States for more than 70 years. Despite the above, vitamin D deficiency continues to be a common finding in certain population groups. Vitamin D deficiency has been suggested as a potential risk factor for the development of preeclampsia, and vitamin D deficiency during infancy and early childhood is associated with an increased risk for numerous skeletal disorders, as well as immunological and vascular abnormalities. Vitamin D deficiency can occur through multiple mechanisms including the consumption of diets low in this vitamin and inadequate exposure to environmental ultraviolet B rays. The potential value of vitamin D supplementation in high-risk pregnancies and during infancy and early childhood is discussed. Currently, there is vigorous debate concerning what constitutes appropriate vitamin D intakes during early development as exemplified by differing recommendations from the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intake report and recent recommendations by the Endocrine Society. As is discussed, a major issue that needs to be resolved is what key biological endpoint should be used when making vitamin D recommendations for the pregnant woman and her offspring. Birth Defects Research (Part C) 99:24–44, 2013. VC 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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